Fate has put our family in a terrible situation. Many people have said to us "in time, something good will come of it." Today I can tell you one of those "good" things. We had the privilege of meeting and working with Tom Wyatt. While we did not know him personally, we knew him as a compassionate, caring, dedicated, professional, hard working agent. We also know that his family, friends, and this community have suffered a terrible loss in his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and co-workers.
The real world
According to the media, the Bush Administration hasn't done anything right lately..right? Wrong!
While the Democratic presidential candidates are busy criticizing Mr. Bush's National Guard record 30 years ago, they've collectively missed over 40 Congressional votes -- AWOL! That's their full-time job -- voting! The missed votes have been on such important Democratic issues as health care, abortion rights, and overtime pay. Republicans showed up, voted and won all those issues for their constituents. That's the real world.
In the real world, five Democratic U.S. Senators are retiring after this session. Do you believe Democrats are going to fill those vacancies after the present bunch missed so many votes and failed miserably to represent their constituents? The Democrats are on target to lose at least three Senate seats no matter who's the president.
The Republican leadership wants Ralph Nader to stay in the race. The Democratic leadership believes this won't happen. This time he'll run out of money and support. Remember, this is the real world. Republican supporters like Wal-Mart and Halliburton will make sure he doesn't run short of cash, and he'll take it -- as long as he doesn't know where it comes from.
Since the 2000 general election, in only a few states has money been available to improve the voting machines. Basically, the same equipment is all that's available. That's the real world.
Despite the media attacks, the Bush bunch is doing OK.
The Christian right
On marriage, it can not be left up to the states or the courts, as this country learned with the slavery issue. It took the Emancipation Proclamation to settle that horrendous practice in our land and it'll take a constitutional amendment to solve this marriage problem as well. The sooner the better.
Between gay marriage and abortion, and now Mel Gibson's "Passion" movie, I believe these will unify the Christian right more than the economy will with the rest of the American voters. And we still have a country that still feels pretty safe as well, more points for Bush. May everyone know the Christ of the "Passion" this Easter.
Stephen L. Heinecke
New town hall?
A year ago, the voters of Lake Edward Township were asked whether or not they wanted a new town hall and the answer was no. Now the town board is asking the same question on the March 9 ballot, only stipulating that they have the funds. Most voters would agree that it would be very nice to have a town hall with indoor plumbing and a decent heating and cooling system, but several questions should be asked: What is going to happen to the historic building? Is the old town hall going to be torn down or left in disrepair? What will a new building look like? What is the cost of a new building versus refurbishing the old town hall complete with energy efficient walls and windows, indoor plumbing and a new HVAC system? Does the township need a larger building when it is used once a month for a meeting that is generally attended by less than a dozen people? The Marathon center is available free of charge to the township, whenever more space is needed. Could the existing building funds be better spent on improving the landmark building and spending the remaining funds on roads or improving the cemetery?
Dogs need homes
I just visited the Heartland Animal Rescue Team to see the amount of nice hunting dogs that probably all those red blooded sportsmen bring into our area, and after the hunt is over let the dogs be picked up for no trouble or expense on their part.
Let's try to help find these animals a home.
I'm 89 years old and can't hunt anymore myself, but during my active life my dogs were always cared for and loved.
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